Film - International Independents Filmfest 2018


Directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa


Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa
Section: International Independents
Country: Belgium
Year: 2017
Language: Kurdish, Dutch
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Feyyaz Duman, Halima Ilter, Daria Hachem Mohamed Gulli, Brader Musiki, Suat Üsta
18+ (no age rating)



Zagros, a Kurdish shepherd, enjoys a happy life with his family in the mountains of eastern Turkey — until the day when relatives accuse his wife, Havin, of having an affair. When Havin flees to Belgium with their nine-year-old daughter, Zagros follows them, believing in her innocence. Arriving in the West, however, he is plagued by doubts.

Meet the director


Sahim Omar Kalifa

Kurdish director Sahim Omar Kalifa, born in 1980, studied film while working as an interpreter in Brussels. His graduation film NAN (2008) won an award, enabling him to write and direct the professional short LAND OF THE HEROES (2010), which in turn earned him a jury award at the Berlinale in 2011 in the category Generation Kplus. Both his subsequent shorts BAGHDAD MESSI (2012) and BAD HUNTER (2014) were festival darlings as well and ended up being shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Sahim's shorts have been shown at 250 festivals and have taken home a total of 97 awards. ZAGROS is his first feature-length project.


Screenplay: Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Sahim Omar Kalifa
Director of Photography: Ruben Impens
Film Editor: Dorith Vinken
Composer: Rutger Reinders
Production Designer: Philippe Bertin
Costume Design: Kristin Van Passel
Sound: Alek Goosse
Producer: Dries Phlypo, Jean-Claude van Ricjckeghem
Production Company: A Private View
Co-Producer: Marleen Slot, Marion Hänsel
Co-Production Company: Man's Film Productions, Viking Film
World Sales: Global Screen GmbH